Total Body Skin Exams
At Vanguard Skin Specialists, our standard of care is total body skin exams. That means at your dermatology visit, we will ask you, “Would you like a total body skin exam?”
- Skin cancer affects 1 in 5 Americans
- Skin cancer can appear anywhere there is skin from head to toe
- Skin cancer is treatable if detected early
Our goal is early diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. As dermatologists, we’re committed to helping you maintain your skin health.
Here are the most common questions patients ask us regarding total body skin exams. If you have a question that we have not answered here, be sure to ask us during your next appointment.
To schedule your total body skin exam, call us at (719) 355-1585.
Q&A with Our Medical Providers
After a bath, stand in front of a full-length mirror in a well-lit area. Use a hand mirror to look at hard-to-see places, such as your scalp, groin, back, and backs of legs.
Start at the top of your scalp and work your way down. Look under your arms, in between your fingers, and check your fingernails for dark spots. Be sure to check under your breasts, in any skin folds, in your groin and buttock, and all the way down your legs.
Sit down to check the bottoms of your feet, in between your toes, and don’t forget to check for dark spots under your toenails.
Typically, you will be chaperoned to a private patient room and be given a gown or drape. You may undress to your level of comfort. For many people, this means removing all clothing except for undergarments. However, some people prefer to remove undergarments as well.
Your dermatology provider will carefully and intentionally review all areas of your body, including your scalp, face, ears, eyelids, lips, neck, chest, abdomen, back, arms, legs, hands and feet, including nails. You may request an exam of the breasts, groin, and buttock or you may decline.
Your provider will point out and discuss any concerning lesions as well as answer any questions you may have about what something is, what changes to watch out for, and what skin care regimen is appropriate for your skin type and needs. Be sure to ask your provider when you need to come back for another evaluation.